Sohoju in Little Tokyo--question
We're looking for a place to grab a good dinner tomorrow night before we head to the Ahmanson. We are considering Sohoju but wanted to know if we'll come out smelling like garlic, kim chi or other strong food smells b/c we'll be in nice clothes for the theater. We don't want to annoy the other theater-goers.
The other places we're considering are Sushi Gen, Daikokuya and Asian Noodles.
I've eaten there once and I don't think you'll have to worry about that. If I remember correctly, they'll bring out a portable propane powered gas range (the kind you take camping) if you want to cook meats at your table. There's no overhead hood but it's not overflowing with smoke from burning meat -- this is not the place you go for Korean bbq. They had some interesting rice dishes, like mushroom rice that was a tad salty. It was definitely a "different" take on Korean food. If it's Korean food you want, I would rather go to K-town, but since you're in the area, I'd rather go to the other places you mentioend.
Sohoju is Korean lite. It's tasty, but it's definitely not the hardcore stuff you find in Koreatown, so the flavors aren't as strong. You won't be carrying them around. All the same, if you're worried, try their chapchae (a sort of deconstructed version of the dish) and the short ribs cooked with dates. Both were very mild but delicious.
350 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012